Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Victoria B.C. Canada
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Re: Repowering with an electric engine?
Yea, the big issue is capacity. A gallon of diesel is equal to about a thousand pounds of batteries. So you get a few hours of range at best unless you put in a LOT of batteries.
What a plan for a blue water boat ? No fuel sloshing around the dirt in the bottom of the tank. The engine pulling in this dirt and stopping just when it is needed the most. I see possibility for the future ? Change the limitations ?
Good day, Lou
The larger issue, after the batteries, is re-charging them. Most offshore cruisers struggle to re-charge the house bank enough for day to day needs, often running the engine to help the solar and wind systems. Once you add a largish 48 volt bank for propulsion it becomes unmanageable.
We're not there yet.
Daysailing with the occasional overnight cruise and plugging in to re-charge at the home marina is about where it is now.
Living aboard in Victoria Harbour